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    The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden writes, “A majority of Minnesota parents who responded to a survey from the state Department of Education say they are comfortable sending their children back to school this fall — though more than a third remain uncomfortable with or unsure about the idea of reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The department’s informal online survey, which was open between June 15 and July 6, attracted more than 130,000 responses and was offered in English, Hmong,...
    MinnPost file photo by Tiffany BuiMinneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyFixing a hole. The Star Tribune’s Liz Navratil reports: “Minneapolis would rely on furloughs, up to 40 layoffs and cash savings to help fill an estimated $156 million budget hole left by the coronavirus pandemic, under a plan presented Thursday by Mayor Jacob Frey. … Frey’s proposal is far from final and must ultimately be approved by City Council. Tense, fast-paced negotiations are expected to unfold over the next two-and-a-half weeks. …...
    Motion to dismiss. The Star Tribune’s Chao Xiong, Abby Simons and Rochelle Olson report: “Attorney Earl Gray filed the motion and documents in supporting of a motion to dismiss charges against former rookie officer Thomas Lane. Pictures of the inside of the car Floyd was in at the time were included with the filing. Gray’s motion says there isn’t enough evidence to establish probable cause that Lane committed a crime.” Examining Lt. Bob Kroll’s record and the rise in power of...
    Crime has surged at a Minneapolis homeless encampment where a third sexual assault is under investigation in less than two weeks as the number of tents continued to grow, the Star Tribune reported. After the city’s Park and Recreation Board voted June 17 to allow homeless residents to stay overnight at city parks like Powderhorn Park, the encampments have expanded rapidly. Sexual assaults, assaults with blunt objects, fentanyl overdoses and reports of individuals being chased by others with guns and...
    As some U.S. states ramp up their (premature) reopening process, quarantine horniness is reaching a climax. But sex-havers have a question for the sexperts: How can you fuck as safely as possible during the coronavirus pandemic? One sex therapist has an answer: BDSM. “Get really educated about kinky sex,” sex therapist Rae McDaniel told the Chicago Tribune. And for the newly kinky, McDaniel stresses BDSM isn’t just about sadomasochism and domination and submission. Consider, for instance, blindfolds and feathers. “Kink...
    New York City to seek assessment on internet providers to fund low-income service Devin Nunes winery, yacht clubs, a resort in West Virginia owned by its governor – heres who got PPP loans How to Recover After Stock Market Losses More than one in four investors have experienced a financial loss in the stock market, according to Ameriprise Financials January 2020 survey Financial Comebacks. Today, that percentage is likely even higher given the recent economic disruption. © (Getty Images)...
    A suspect with a lengthy rap sheet is facing murder and other charges in connection to the Fourth of July shooting death of 7-year-old Chicago girl Natalia Wallace, according to police and reports. see also 4th of July shootings: Children, elderly among victims of bloody weekend A wave of gun violence swept through the nation over... Reginald Merrill, 33, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery on Monday, after a bloody holiday weekend that saw 17 people...
    A Texas state agency is reportedly seeking repayments from thousands of state residents who lost their jobs in recent months after officials found 46,000 people were initially overpaid in unemployment benefits.  The agency estimates it overpaid unemployment benefits to claimants by $32 million, The Houston Chronicle first reported Monday.  Cisco Gamez, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission, told The Texas Tribune in an email that state law requires the commission to “recover all unemployment benefits overpayments.”  “Overpayments stay on your record until...
    Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas. Most Texas registered voters (57%) characterize the coronavirus as “a significant crisis,” while another 29% call it “a serious problem but not a crisis. That’s a shift from April, when a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found 66% calling it a significant crisis and 26% calling it a serious...
    Pausing the pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune’s Amy R. Sisk reports: “A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is conducted of the project opposed by environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. … The move was requested earlier this year by Standing Rock and three other Sioux tribes in the Dakotas who fear environmental harm from the oil pipeline and sued over the project four years ago. North Dakota officials have...
    Says Mara Klecker for the Star Tribune, “State Sen. Scott Jensen, a physician and Republican from Chaska, said Sunday he is being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice for public statements he’s made about COVID-19. Jensen criticized the state Health Department in April for following federal guidance stipulating when doctors should characterize deaths as due to COVID-19. He said he feared that the death toll might be inflated if each state’s allocation of federal funds depended on...
    Getty Crime Scene tape flutters in the wind on September 20, 2018 in Aberdeen, Maryland. The HBO series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” shines a light on the infamous Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s and Michelle McNamara’s hunt for the identity of the serial killer in her book of the same name. The docu-series also explores another, separate, case, which was the pivotal moment McNamara was plunged into the world of...
    Eddie Grader of San Carlos went straight to the point on Saturday when asked to describe life in San Diego County on Independence Day 2020. “There are no fireworks, there are no community events, and people can’t get together,” Grader said as he played on the Solana Beach lawn with his 1.5-year-old son Zeke. “It is really different.” Zeke left and Grader went after him, saying as he walked away: “Hopefully there will be a shot for Christmas.” On the...
    By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune July 3, 2020 ““Kill ’em.” Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting National Guard “shoot to kill” rioters” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In the days after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas...
    A prominent conservative activist urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to allow the National Guard to “shoot to kill” protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. I want you to give a message to the governor, Steve Hotze told Abbotts chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail that was obtained by The Texas Tribune. I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here...
    Several Tacoma, Washington police officers are under investigation over content posted to their social media accounts. Hide Three officers are currently being investigated: Sam Lopez,  Joshua Avalos, and Helen Stieben. The investigation began after several complaints were filed over the content posted to the officers’ TikTok accounts. Hide The complaints may have been spurred by one of the officer’s TikToks, which went viral this week. The TikTok, posted to Lopez’s account, shows him in uniform sitting in what appears to...
    Several Tacoma, Washington police officers are under investigation over content posted to their social media accounts. Hide Three officers are currently being investigated: Sam Lopez,  Joshua Avalos, and Helen Stieben. The investigation began after several complaints were filed over the content posted to the officers’ TikTok accounts. Hide The complaints may have been spurred by one of the officer’s TikToks, which went viral this week. The TikTok, posted to Lopez’s account, shows him in uniform sitting in what appears to...
    This from the AP: “Gov. Tim Walz requested money Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following Floyd’s killing on May 25 … . Current estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million, the governor wrote ….” Another AP story says, “State officials said Thursday...
    George Floyd’s uncle Selwyn Jones said in an interview this week that he asked the mayor of Gettysburg, South Dakota to remove the Confederate flag from the logo of the town’s police department. Jones told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he talked to Gettysburg Mayor Bill Wuttke about removing the flag several weeks ago on a phone call the same day he attended George Floyd’s funeral. Jones is one of the few black residents of the small South Dakota town,...
    Anoka County JailMatthew Scott White, Mohamed Hussein AbdiA witty setup TK. The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor and Stephen.Montemayor Startribune.Com report: “Federal authorities charged two more people — both from within the Twin Cities metropolitan area — in connection with separate arsons during last month’s unrest over George Floyd’s killing. … Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 19, of Maplewood, and Matthew Scott White, 31, of Minneapolis, each made first appearances Tuesday in federal court, bringing the total of federal arson and rioting charges since Floyd’s...
    The Texas Medical Association on Tuesday called on the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its in-person July convention scheduled to take place in Houston, one of the country’s coronavirus hot spots. The latest development comes one day after The Texas Tribune reported on the Texas Medical Association’s sponsorship of the convention, an indoor gathering that is not requiring masks of the 6,000 people expected to attend. On Monday, TMA told the Tribune that it would not rescind its sponsorship...
    In the Pioneer Press, Diane Mizutani reports: “A total of seven athletes at the University of Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release sent out by the school on Tuesday night. It’s unclear which sports these athletes play, though the press release did confirm positive tests across multiple sports. This came as a result of 170 administered tests, according to the press release, and the athletes with confirmed cases will self-isolate.” At MPR, Brian Bakst reports,...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Wednesday is the deadline to submit bids for McClatchy, the bankrupt newspaper firm. This is not your ordinary bankruptcy -- McClatchy is a vital local news source across the USA. The company owns 30 titles in 14 states, from the Sacramento Beeto the Miami Herald. Civic leaders are very concerned about what could come next. I would strongly...
    MinnPost file photo by Jessica LeeMinneapolis City CouncilResponding to threats. The Star Tribune’s Liz Navratil reports: “The city of Minneapolis has paid two private security firms $63,000 over the last three weeks to protect three City Council members amid tensions over George Floyd’s death and efforts to end the Police Department. While the city has not named the council members — saying their identities weren’t public information — the Star Tribune has confirmed they are Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins...
    By Mitchell Ferman, The Texas Tribune June 29, 2020 “More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent shutdown order” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. HOUSTON — Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a...